Samhain’s Seasons of Passages

Robin Goodfellow

It’s almost upon us, that turning of the celtic year, the rememberance of our ancestors, and the eve of the tricksters powers. For those of you into lore and myth and archetypes, check out the latest edition of Mythic Passages, the monthly zine of the Mythic Imagination Institute. The Focus for October is the Trickster, from Robin Goodfellow as explored in an article by John Matthews, to a discussion of Coyote by Brenda Sutton. Explore the meaning of Liminality from the Mythic Glossary or the Jewish festival of Sukkot or zman simchateinu, the season of joy.

Also included in this issue of Mythic Passages is a poem of love, for rememberance of John M. Ford by Minneapolis poet, and Eye of Horus friend, Elise Matthesen. Response to an Unwritten Poem of Yours Called “Sorrow for Breathing”

The Student of Life

a Personal Philosophy by Awen Eldorath (Dennis Danielson)

Some years ago, a buddy of mine in the Army once referred to me as a “Student of Life.”  I have found after much study, introspection, and contemplation, that this is one label that I actually feel comfortable with for many reasons.  I even began to refer to myself as a Student of Life, and I continue to do so today.  This title has led some people to ask me, “What is a Student of Life?” 

The simple answer is that it is someone who strives to learn as much as possible from every aspect of Life.  In the book, Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, the authors list the characteristics and qualities of a Wizard, the first of which is to be “A constant student of Life.” The authors also stress throughout the book the importance of trying to learn from all of life’s many experiences.  Many books–not only those on magick and the occult but also several on self-help, self-improvement, and psychology–similarly stress the significance of learning from Life. [Read more…]

Surrounded by Mystery

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
— Henry Emerson Fosdick